What are the risks of an Intra-Ocular Lens?

IOL’s along with other types of eye surgery are safe procedures as many patients will testify to.

But, nothing in life is risk free. Complications are rare but they do occur and these will be mentioned to you at the time of your consultation.

Risks include:

  • Inflammation of the iris
  • Complications of the retina
  • Glaucoma
  • Corneal decomposition

There can be problems in the Clear Lens Exchange (CLE) or Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) procedure. This is where the lens of the eye is exchanged for a synthetic one. What can happen is that fluid can leak into the tissue of the retina or vitreous jelly detaches itself from the back of the eye.

There are risks with both the Artisan lens and CLE/RLE.

Complications inherent to cataract surgery include:

  • Retinal detachment: this is the condition whereby the retina becomes detached from the rest of the eye and is unable to function properly. The danger with this is that if left untreated it can lead to a permanent loss of sight.
  • Infection
  • Dislocated lens
  • Inflammation
  • Posterior Capsule Opacity (cloudy or blurred vision)
  • Corneal or retinal swelling
  • Ptosis (droopy eyelid)
  • Increased air pressure inside the eye

Important: if you are male and are taking any prostate drugs then be aware that you are at an increased risk of developing a condition called ‘Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome (IFIS). Plus, there is a higher than normal risk of developing a detached retina.

If you are taking any prostate drugs then let your surgeon know.

If you are taking any other form of alpha-blocker, for example, to control high blood pressure then again, let your surgeon know. This equally applies to any women who are taking alpha-blockers for urinary problems, hypertension and kidney stones.

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